Special laws needed to protect elderly - Lowrie-Chin

April 28, 2017
Jean Lowrie-Chin

Jean Lowrie-Chin, founder and CEO of the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons Limited, is calling for laws targeting protection of the elderly.

"There is a serious loss of respect and care in this country for the elderly. We have had reports from our members. Just as there is a law that speaks to child abuse and those who know of it happening and do nothing, we are having discussion to see if a law for the elderly can be constructed. People should protect and report any attack on the elderly," Lowrie-Chin said.

Her comments come after the stabbing death of a senior citizen in Montego Bay by a teenager.

The accused allegedly committed the deadly act last Friday during a dispute on Barnett Street.

The deceased is 72-year-old Cleveland Ireland, otherwise called 'Popeye' of a Gloucester Avenue, Montego Bay, address.

Reports from the Barnett Street Police are that about 2:30 p.m., Ireland was walking along the roadway when he and the teenager got into an argument.

The 17-year-old used a knife to stab Ireland several times. He was rushed to hospital, where he died while undergoing treatment.

The teen was soon after taken into custody, however, his identity is being withheld pending further investigation.

 

Worrisome situation

 

The St James police have also recently labelled teenage involvement in crime and violence as worrisome.

Commander of St James, Senior Superintendent of Police Marlon Nesbeth, said: "The 15, 16 and 17 age group are just violent-minded. We have to reach out to that age group and dispel the way they solve conflicts. The police are appealing to residents for support."

Lowrie-Chin said the two most vulnerable groups in society are children and the elderly.

"In the past, the police met with us and provided booklets on safety and security for the elderly, which was useful. We are seeking to reintroduce those booklets," she said.

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